The public -- not a jury -- is often the first to issue a judgment on whether a Boulder criminal defendant is guilty. Emotional responses can overlook facts. Those responses, however popular, may not exceed the boundaries of the law.
The district attorney in Colorado's 14th Judicial District recently wrote about a sensitive DUI case. The prosecutor explained why he chose to drop felony vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges against a man who was driving while intoxicated. The defendant's truck hit a family crossing U.S. Highway 34 in July 2013, killing the father and seriously injuring the man's spouse and two children.